Noun + Preposition Combinations Followed by Gerunds

The following is ONLY A SAMPLE LIST of the most commonly used noun + preposition combinations that can be followed by gerunds.

addiction toHis addiction to surfing the Internet is a problem.
advantage ofHe has the advantage of speaking English fluently.
anxiety aboutHer anxiety about speaking in public caused her to lose the job.
belief inHis belief in not harming animals was something he learned from his mother.
credit forShe took credit for improving the filing system.
dedication toHis dedication to teaching was impressive.
delay inThe delay in processing the visa caused problems.
devotion toHis devotion to biking allowed him to win the competition.
disadvantage ofThe disadvantage of flying is that you can't see the scenery along the way.
experience inShe has a great deal of experience in introducing new products to international markets.
With the noun "experience," sometimes a gerund is added without the preposition "in." "Experience introducing new products" would also be acceptable.
fear ofHis fear of flying made travel difficult.
fondness forHer fondness for traveling led to her career in the travel industry.
habit ofHis habit of smoking in restaurants caused many problems in California.
interest inHer career as a pilot evolved out of her interest in flying.
knowledge ofHer knowledge of climbing helped her during the competition.
love ofHis love of singing developed when he was a child.
memory ofTheir memories of traveling in Africa will stay with them forever.
preference forI think his preference for speaking his native language is natural.
process ofThe process of painting such a large mural is more complicated than you might think.
reaction to His reaction to winning the prize was quite funny.
reason forThe main reason for taking the course is to improve your language skills.
regret forThe criminal's regret for committing the crime did not convince the judge.
report onThe magazine's report on choosing the right car was not well researched.
reputation forHer reputation for lying is well known.
responsibility forHis responsibility for completing the project on time was acknowledged by the company.
story aboutI don't know if I believe his story about seeing a UFO.
talent forHis talent for learning languages was impressive.
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